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, what we are going to talk about today is "america for sale," which is in the first week of sales. we just got notified it will come november 1st, be on "the new york times" best-seller list debuting at number 11. so we are very pleased with the success of the book, and thank you for coming out today. we will have about half an hour on want to present the book is about and then take some questions from you at the end of that time. i wrote a "america for sale" as a clarion call for action. the whole idea is to understand the circumstances that are going on right now in terms of the compromise of the united states sovereignty by what's happening to the dollar with deficits budget to be positive so the last third of this book is solutions. what we can do as a subtitle says fighting new world order, surviving the global depression and preserving u.s. sovereignty. so the themes of this book at the last third or to give solutions and call to action for how we can organize our lives, how we can organize politically in order to fight back to say no to a global new deal. now, to get everyone's
stretched america's frontiers to the pacific ocean. back to the battle of trenton for a moment. as i said, monroe didn't cross the delaware on the same boat as washington. he crossed earlier with a squad that landed on the jersey shore to the north of trenton and circled behind the town while washington landed with his troops on the riverside below the town. now what makes trenton so important is that the british had almost won the war by christmas of 1776. their troops had overrun on the island, new york, westchester and most of new jersey. thousands of american troops had deserted and the british had chased the remnants of washington's army across new jersey over the delaware and in to pennsylvania. white coats were in sight of the american capital. congress had fled to baltimore and began debating terms of could the chelation -- capitulation. unless washington could come up with a miracle, and he chose a young college student, lieutenant james monroe, to help me cut miracle happen. they all crossed the delaware during a blinding snowstorm on christmas night only six months after we had
position because now lehman brothers is a small or mid-sized investment big now citigroup, bank of america and the large massive behemoths commercial banks with mass of deposits. remember, an investment bank likely men brothers does not take and deposits. it invests money around the world on the sell stocks and bonds but does not have people money in a bank the way citigroup, bank of america. they have over $1 trillion of real money in those banks and those are savings accounts, checking account, paychecks, but we started to see 2004 through 2006 was a very clear increase in leverage. lehman brothers increasing the debt to try to compete with the big boys. we got deeper and deeper it involved into businesses and investments that were very difficult to move as the years went on and leaving got deeper and deeper into the storage business. and retain this book "a colossal failure of common sense" i reached out to so many people, 150 people up and down the firm. i will never forget in those days september, october, november and especially december when people found out i was writing this book
america. she's our voice. >> why is that, can you explain for about that. >> everything she says, pertains to the middle people, she is dynamic, she is for middle america. she is... knows the issues. and i think that she is going to represent us more than we apt. >> when you say middle america, what do you mean. >> just the commoners. people who don't know where to go, to get information. don't know where to go, to have representation. i think that she will be their voice. >> and did you vote for mccain-palin in '08. >> by all means, i did. i did. >> so why do you think they didn't win the election? >> i think there was too much outside influence and i don't think that she was given the opportunity. i think there were too many people that were strategizing and kept her from speaking out. >> a number of people i talked to seem to be upset about how she is treated by the media. would you agree and what would you say about that. >> i think she was treated unfairly. i think that she should have been able to speak more openly, and, have her own platform. >> and are you a lifelong republican? >>
model for young women. i think she's what america needs right now. she's just great all the way around. i just love her. >> when you say you like her conservative values, what do you mean by that? >> specifically, she believes in the constitution. the abortion issue. i'm against abortion. just good american values. you know, i just love that about her. she's a real person, she's one of us. she's not from washington d.c. she is not anything -- she doesn't act like anything she's not. she is just herself and i really like that. >> my name is nancy from dayton, ohio. >> have you ever seen her in person before? >> no, no. so i'm really in anxious and excited about having the book signed. >> have you read the book yet? >> no, i haven't read it yet. i watch fox news a lot and they've had lots of interviews and stuff like that on there. i've been watching those and enjoying those, just watch in her. so, i'm real excited. >> what is it that you like about sarah palin? >> just about everything. i'm like her. i like her conservative values. she's one of us. like she says, she's not ever try to b
of america, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the presiding officer: the clerk will read a communication to the senate. the clerk: washington, d.c, november 21, 2009. to the senate: under the provisions of rule 1, paragraph 3, of the standing rules of the senate, i hereby appoint the honorable patrick j. leahy, a senator from the state of vermont, to perform the duties of the chair. signed: robert c. byrd, presidet pro tempore. mr. reid: mr. president? the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. reid: mr. president, on this saturday, the senate in one of its unusual sessions, it's very good to see one of the more senior members of the senate presiding over the senate. a lot of presiding is left to the more junior members, and it's indicative of the teamwork of the senator from vermont, one of the most senior members of the senate, the chairman of the judiciary committee, and someone who is always there when there is a need for something to be done, as is today to open the senate. i have such fond memorie
. these are not attainable cuts without eventually rationing health care in america and rationing health care for our senior citizens who have earned these benefits and we have guaranteed them these benefits. and for the life of me how the aarp can support this 2,000-page legislation is beyond my imagination. seniors all over america and all over the state of arizona, including the 330,000 senior citizens in my state that are under the medicare advantage program, which is going to be drastically cut by som some $120 billion, are outraged. and the more they find out about it, the more angry they've become. so here we are, as my colleague from the great state of iowa and a leader on health care just articulated, in a totally partisan measure before the united states senate in which no member on this side of the aisle has been consulted in any way -- i would point out to my colleagues historically there has never been a major reform implemented by the congress of the united states unless it's by a -- unless it's bipartisan in nature and i don't believe that the american people want this 2,000-and-some-page mon
, there is no group in america, probably not even the jews themselves, which cites more passionately with israel and the war being waged against it by the arab muslim world and which is more steadfast in upholding israel's right to defend itself against its sworn enemies than the so-called religious right. yet instead of forging the pluto alliance for this community, jewish liberals look for ways to justify their refusal to do so. at the same time, perfectly willing to make common cause for the so-called mainline protestant denominations despite the fact that unfriendliness and even outright hostility to israel have become pervasive in that sector of the christian world. a similar situation exists in the strictly political realm here although poll data show self-described conservatives and self-described republicans sympathizing with israel in much greater proportions than liberals self-described liberals that is, and self-described democrats. for example, in a pew survey taken early this year, 60 percent of conservatives sided with israel against a person with the palestinians. whereas a compar
are going to vote on a bill which to me the people of america don't like. and you know who doesn't like it the most? seniors. you know why? they're concerned. they know medicare is being -- is going broke, and by the year 017, there will be $500 billion of cuts in medicare. and yet, the money that's being cut from medicare isn't being used to save medicare. it's to start a whole new program that's going to cause americans who have insurance to pay more. it's going to cause people that don't have any insurance to make it harder to get, or if they go to an emergency room, have to pay more, that bill is going to be higher. all because of what i believe is an irresponsible piece of legislation that is going to be a huge weight on our american economy at a time when you have 10.2% unemployment. but i see the senator from nevada has -- he has a similar copy of the bills next to him and he may want to chime in on what he is seeing in his home state and what he is hearing from people who live in nevada and the small businesses as well as the hospitals and providers. mr. ensign: if the senator w
's a quote from the story. in a few short decades, america underwent, i think, a fantastic transformation in politics, society and the culture. and i think most people wanted what had happened and who were they at the end of this period. in the decades following the revolution. before the revolution, america had been a collection of british colonies composed of some 2 million subjects, hobbled along the atlantic coast 3000 miles from the centers of civilization. european outpost so to speak whose cultural focus was still not the metropolitan center of the empire. by 1815, following the second war with great britain which is often referred to as a second war of independence independence, these insignificant problems had become a single giant, in a republic with nearly 10 million citizens, many of whom had already spilled over the appellations into the western territories. a cultural focus of this new, huge expansive nation was no longer a broad. it was instead directed inward at its own boundless possibilities. americans knew they were grand experiment of democracy, but they were competent
of america to verify this information? if we knew the street addresses and have pictures and prices somebody ought to be able to go and look in the window are not on the door and see what is on the other side. how many people did the united states have been a country of about 30 million people to verify these 550 places, the answer was zero. so we were totally reliant on this group of highly conflicted exiles. that was all i needed to hear to have serious doubts at the validity of this information upon which we ultimately went to war with, i think, disaster consequence. .. >> if people are trying to get involved and they see that this government seems broken and does not work they get cynical said on top of that asking about "the new york times" max wrangle said he is not read about the existence of that but the newspapers in the country and of those go down they will learn of local problems to get them involved so how the system seems not to be working and the decline of the press what is your comments on those two aspects? >> what i have been discussing is declining citizenship plays a ver
three had a hell bent energy to make themselves successful with the backdrop of segregation in america and i think they thought they could fight their way into the headlines from adam clayton powell and church politics around america with the u.s. congress and sammy davis, jr., nightclubs in the forties and fifties and sugar ray robinson as a peer championship vacillate. >> host: we are very bad teaching history and the civil-rights movement is taught as if it sprung fully from tastefully formed from dr. king as if there was no groundwork laid before that but in all three men the use the evidence of that groundwork and california idea that we will challenge racism in ways that maybe will inspire people with a lot of unintended consequences and with sugar ray robinson there is a brilliant chapter about his experience in the u.s. army and comparing and contrasting his demeanor as a corporal in the u.s. army with the experience of his running buddy joe louis. can you speak about his army experience? he was a young fighter but very famous. what was his experience in the army and how did he
generation. that's why this museum is such an important part of who we are as a people in america. and that's why that legacy was handed off to my brothers and me, influenced all of us, everyone of us served in the military. not because we're more patriotic than the next-door neighbor, but it was part of who we are. it was part of who my parents were. every one of my uncles served in world war ii. the media today is full of stories about how desperate the situation is in afghanistan. i had brought with me for a five different newspapers, all of which have a story here on page one or about how bad things are in afghanistan. you can take the word afghanistan out of the article and two years ago the word would have been iraq. well, guess what? they won the war in iraq. soldiers, sailors, airmen, guardsmen and marine in the united states of america won that war. and yet you would not know that from the media, because as soon as the war turned around they stopped covering it. and today all the bad news is coming out of afghanistan. i would like to remind young people who didn't have that blessin
for debate. how many people in america know that the reason we are here is because the republicans don't even want to bring the bill to the floor for debate and amendment. while, that's their right under the rules of the senate is their right. they can filibuster, deily, obstruct. they can say no. but just as surely as that is their right it is our responsibility as democrats to move this bill forward. i would remind my colleagues on the other side of the ogle that last year voters overwhelmingly voted for barack obama to lead changes, to make changes, and one of the changes he campaigned so hard for most changes in the health care system. and just as surely voters elected democrats to majorities, big majorities in the house and senate to do the same thing so it's our responsibility to lead. and that's what we are doing now by bringing this bill to the floor. we are taking another giant step toward fulfilling the mandate, the mandate the people of this country gave to president obama and the democratic party last november to undertake a comprehensive reform of america's health care system. an
to moderate the international market for the benefit of the reduces and consumers. america, the united states is one of our major trading partners. we supply an essential part of the oil in the united states. of course, a little oil also goes to europe, so half and half, europe and north america. and finally to other various trading arrangements. we believe that the current market situation is one that has to be handled with such a mind of delicacy because in the process of recovery and intel it's fully recovered, we will have to be careful how much oil we put in the market retries if we're not careful then it could try the prices very low, like they went as low as $30 a barrel at the height of the economic problems the world experienced over the past year or so. we are hopeful that the recovery of the national oil will continue. in which case, we will be able to reduce an export more. we have, i'm sure you have heard about the recent problems in nigeria, which resulted in serious demolition of our capacity to produce and damage to our oil infrastructure. but with the recent fortune and occur
from south america. we have ahmadinejad in good deal today and i want to know if this is a message to the u.s. that ahmadinejad can talk to other leaders of what the problem is here. >> will take the answer. >> okay, let me try that. attempts for your question at grand bargains, up until now hasn't worked too well. again, it's that suspicion, in the barriers of suspicion are just too high. when one side has come forward, the other side is drawn back. the u.s. made what i thought was a very reasonable offer back in 1999, 2000, in the last years of the clinton administration when secretary albright talked about a roadmap to better relations with no preconditions. and the iranians turned it down and most observers, non-american observer is basically said the iranians blew it. this was a good opportunity and they couldn't do it. in 2003, we have the same thing from the other -- from the other direction. i mean, it's a good idea. you can get all of these issues, all of these issues out there, but it may be too hard to do. so maybe it's those -- or at least, if not one at a time, at lea
is known for miss america. i quote the mayor of mississippi's home town, some people say why do you bother as my students would say, why do we need to know this man's name? this is something to confuse us and distract us? he is later in the state legislature and actively endorses and supports segregation and later at the time of meredith's and roland, september 30th, 1962, he sends four trusted people in state government as representatives and one of them is john klein. unless you know people are opposing this all their life. people who watch miss america grow up, another example. this is my favorite little underpining story of the book, during world war ii there was a black man at the university of mississippi who was part of the military unit being trained, he took classes as a regular citizen. he was fine. i am going to dump and they all connected. 1950, and 50 one. there is a controversy by suggesting the university should admit blacks to graduate programs. when he graduates, the following summer, 1951, he is invited by aaron henry, to speak to the national naacp meeting in atlanta. he
. 70% think their children are going to inherit a worse america than them. a majority. that is what is going on. that is the anger and frustration that the book explores. the idea of what went wrong and how to fix it. this is the most important -- i do this at the end because i have an audience. who has kids or grandkids between the ages you are? you don't have any. who has kids between the ages of ten and 18 or children between 10, and 18? raise your hand. this you will want to write down. i will go through it very quickly. of all the things that are in this book this is how to keep your kids happy and healthy. this is not just a book about politics or economics. it is quality of life. you have got to have dinner with your children five nights a week or more because that tells them that they are the most important things in your life. more important than business or social. if you are not having dinner with your kids, is that your dad? yes. you are going to tell me as i go through this whether it is a check or a minus for you. does your dad have dinner with you? >> he works late. >
of a hell bent energy to make themselves successful against the backdrop of segregation in america. and i think that they thought if they could fight their way into the headlines, adam clayton powell and church politics around america, u.s. congress, sammy davis jr., night clubs in the 1940's and 50's and than sugar ray robinson has a pure championship athlete. >> host: i think we are bad at teaching history in this country and oftentimes the civil rights movement is taught is as if it is spring forward from dr. king in the 50's as if there wasn't groundwork laid before that. and in all three men as well you see evidence of that ground work and the idea of we are going to challenge racism in ways that may be will inspire people and unintended consequences if you will, and about to take it to sugar ray robinson you have a brilliant chapter in the book about the experience in the u.s. army and comparing and contrasting his demeanor as i believe a corporal in the u.s. army with the experience of the sort of running buddy joe louis. can you speak a little bit about sugar ray robinson's experi
of the and coburn-- manderville takes part in a gentleman's agreement. in early america under the culture deference reappears because of business logic or you have these cartels and they have elaborate cartels were they had commissions and they would hire a commissioner and fire people from individual will roads were undercutting prices and at the same time, curiously vanderbilt himself by the end of this light is rising in social stature, so he has, he has taken on a business that this sort of inclined towards gentlemanly and agreements because of the nature of the business but he himself is becoming more and more gentlemanly himself. toward the end of this life is personality, his demeanor was much more refined than it was when he was a young steve vote camp said. it is a personal business parallel and then jay gould end jim this, rung, brash young upstarts and they are doing things like telling about secret deals to the press. they are deliberately trying to insult and demean the commodore one thing and he becomes sort of a obsessed with them, even though they are railroad, the erie was never in
political characters. john kennedy and richard nixon were two of the most brilliant political minds america produced in the '60s. nixon was on the national ticket five times and won four of the five times, and last i checked that's one of the best batting averages of anybody who's run for the american presidency. and, of course, john kennedy becoming the first and only roman catholic president in american history is an interesting story in and of itself. secondly, it was an extraordinarily close election. kennedy won by just a tick or two over 100,000 votes out of the tens of millions that were cast, so it was extraordinarily close. it was also, i argue, really the first modern campaign when you think about pollsters, you think about use of media, you think of mass buying of advertising. and when you think about religion as a political force, you add owl -- all those things together, and many things we take for granted today in many ways began in that 1960 election, so i think it's the beginning of modern political campaigns. but it was also what i call the lahr value stage of the religious
in the united states of america. a very audacious objective with brilliantly executed jeans. she then spent the rest of her life trying to convince the local governments miami-dade county and miami beach to develop the ordinances and other necessary legal mechanisms to protect this a national historic district. unfortunately she died three years before the full realization of her ever. but now there is a st. i believe it is tenth st. which is named for barber. eyesight her because she is the kind of person and that i believe all americans can be if they have a sufficient amount of internal self-confidence and a willingness to acquire the competencies' to be an effective citizen. this book, it "america the owner's manual" is devoted to preparing all americans for active and effective and honorable citizenship. i have defined and in this is totally my doing, but what are the 10 essentials skills of effective citizenship? barbara had most of those skills. she had the skills through her experience in marketing with a knowing the customer and how to influence the customer because of her backgrou
it is to come back again. and now time has flown. and we're at the eighth. energy in america national policy conference, and what an honor it is to hold this annual review and think about where we're going in renewable energy in america here in the cannon caucus room. thank you for coming, and i hope you enjoy this day. i want to start by thanking the sponsors that have helped us produce the conference, ge and dow corning and next era energy and verizon. and believe it or not, that's the symbol of the danish embassy, the embassy of denmark, where we'll have a reception this evening. and thanks to ambassador peterson for being our host for that. it's a great place to go from here to think about where we're going next in copenhagen. and all of the other sponsors, berlin and smud, lockheed martin is in our space, the largest government contractor in the world, clean edge and ethanol biomass and biodiesel, all these other companies helped produce this, and we thank them. to begin, let me remind us that the theory of this conference is called phase ii, and what does that mean? well, in 19 -- in 2
to inherit a worse america than them. a majority. that's what's going on right now. that's the anger and frustration that the book explores. the idea of what went wrong, and then how to fix it. because i have an audience, who has kids or grand kids? you are a child. you don't have kids. who has kids between the ages of 10 or 18 or grandchildren between 10 and 18. this is what you are going to want to write down. i'm going to go through it quickly. this is not just a book about politics or economics. it's about quality life. number one, you have to have dinner with your children five nights a week or more. because that tells them that they are the most important thing in your life. more important than business, social. if you are not having dinner with your kids, without your dad right there, yeah. you are going to tell me whether it's a check ormers for you. does your dad have dinner five weeks a night or more? >> no, he works late. >> okay. are you in high school. okay. it's 0-1. he's going to regret coming here. number two, to take your children to church or synagogue once a week.
asked about gay was in 1965. the question was america has many different types of people in it. we'd like to know whether you think each of these different kinds of people is more harmful or helpful to american life or don't you think they harm things one way or the other. homosexuals, 70% more harmful. is it always wrong? yes, said 70%. how about adopting children 1977. this is when in need of brian was leading a crusade on this. they should not be allowed to adopt children, 77%. how about gay teachers in your school? 66% opposed that. suppose your child was involved in the gay relationship. 82% said they'd be very unhappy as parents to learn about that. what about homosexuality on television. 55% in 1989 were opposed to that. and finally, the first question on gay marriage came in 1994 and 62% were opposed to it. how far have we come? we kind of knew, i think, that we were going to come a long way on this issue as early as night he 98. because one of the best polling questions ever asked on the subject was, do you think that by 2025 gay marriage will be legal in the united states
minds and america produced in the 1960s. nixon was on the national ticket five times, and won four out of the five times. the last i checked that's a pretty good batting average is. of course, john kennedy to come in the first and only roman catholic president in american history is a very interesting story in and of itself that it was an extraordinarily close election. kennedy won the election by just a tick or two over 100,000 votes out of the tens of millions that were cast. it was extraordinarily close. it was also really the first modern campaign when you think about pollsters, you think about use of media. you think of mass buying of advertising. and when you think about religion as a political force, you add all those together and many things we take for granted in our races today, began in mid- 1960 election. i think it's the beginning of modern political presidential campaigns. but it was also what i call the larva stage of the religious right in the united states. if you look at who the players were among conservative protestants in 1960, you see some of the leading lights of
of the post-racial rebate. the true thing is what we are moving towards is a multi-racial america. if you look at the compensation and the rainbow or the gumbo or the mosaic of america, the 2010 census is critically important. is going show an ever-changing picture towards a nation that, by the time we get to 2045 or 2050, won't have a majority ethnic group. that is a fundamental reality, that that is this course and that is the path that we are on as a nation. so, i don't think we... we have to be concerned. and i think reverend jackson addressed this, about the twisting of the youth -- several other speakers did -- the twisting of the use of the word race where people say you are playing the race card and raising racial issues, it is racial injustice and racial dis parties we have to seek, to address, and to correct, and i think we have an obligation as a nation, because if we don't address it, the past and the future, is fraught with even more difficulty. imagine that in ten short years, by 2020, half -- half -- of the high school graduating seniors in america will be black, they'll be lati
and in many -- and not to, i mean, america's not free of any responsibility in pakistan's lack of development by supporting military dictatorships and what not. so the conversations with the elite were too easily predictable, if you will. and i think that when i first arrived in pakistan, a woman o said to me, a very conspiracy-hawking anti-american woman -- >> host: your sponsor, by the way. >> guest: the irony of that, of course. she said, there's no way that you, you know, there's no way that you is going to understand pakistan because you don't speak the language, you don't dress locally, you don't ever leave islamabad. a year later when i would rather speak with the tea boys at my office than the other fellows who were working at this institute, and she said, she came up to me and said there's no way you can be a journalist. you speak urdu, you dress locally, so you must be doing something else. >> host: wherever there's plumbing the cia does get blamed. [laughter] i think it essentially was right, nick. sometimes word fails us, vocabulary doesn't reach. but you could call
safe. call it an osha deal, call it anything you want. but they go from being our youth in america to our employees. and we have, i believe, as americans, an obligation to make this a safer sport. >> i appreciate that. the last comment, mr. chairman, as i mentioned, you're not the only person, grant you, i have 7.5 and four kids and i think it's the parents role at the very early age to take care of the safety of their children. i certainly don't think the federal government has a role in intervene in that. but congress may have a role in making sure that there may be some funds for research and development. but getting involved in the every day operation of an nfl football team, congress is not qualified to do that. maybe we should do -- stick to what we know best. with that, thank you, mr. chairman. i'll yield back the remaining portion of my time. >> we discuss things. [laughter] >> debate. >> the chair is pleased now to recognize attorney -- or former subcommittee chair linda sanchez of california. >> is this on? yeah. thank you, mr. chairman. i want to start by making a commen
of new jobs in secure clean energy sources that are made in america and work for america but in the meantime we are looking for ways that we can start reducing this threat right now. last friday i saw some of you at the white house state briefing that i hosted with lisa jackson the administrator of our environmental protection agency. at that briefings we talked about many of the steps my department is taking in this area for funding research on the health costs of greenhouse gas emissions to investing in committees to help demaris fanta climate related disease, to slashing greenhouse gas emissions and are owned buildings. this is not an afterthought for my department. this is a key part of our broader health strategy. wore and more we understand that health is not something that happens justin doctors' offices. whether you are healthier not depends on what you eat and drink, what e bright, how you get around and where you live. a world that is heating up and powered by coal-fired plants that filled the sky with harmful greenhouse gas is going to have fewer healthy people
times both on the old days and lightly on air america. which by the way just launched a new website today. air america.com. i am on live from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. so you can stream them. we still need a station here in south florida but at least you can stream and listen to it in podcast the next day. but were not here to talk about that. maybe another they will talk about getting good progress arroyo back in south florida again. i do not know how he had time to write this book. because this man is the busiest men i know. i refer to them on the air as my favorite activist vicky is to give my go to guy. when i need to know what protests are happening, where there is an action. people standing up to the powers that be, and for we the people. i know i can go to david swanson and find a. is a cofounder of after downing street.org, of democrats.com and of course the blogs regulate also at david swanson.org. and i read, anytime i get an e-mail from david swanson, it's one of the first ones i open because i know there's good information there. this guy walks the walk. when he says that he mea
, exploring the trail across america. she worked on projects with the nebraska humanities council, organized the first nebraska literature festival and served on the board for the nebraska center for the books. her studies in early nebraska history and in lewis and clark lead her to a search of documents related to the upper louisiana territory where lewis served as governor where he died. from discoveries and she made, she presented case for a new theory as to the cause of loosest death. she also maintains a website, death of merriweather lewis.com and a blog as the facts related to mistry. please join me in welcoming kira gale. [applause] >> thank you very much. very pleased to see such a large attendance. tony reminded me that just at this time 200 years ago today, lewis was writing up. it was the last day of his life and that was at dusk. because this is such a serious topic, i felt that i did need to prepare this as a written statement, but i will try my best to read it well and then we can go into questions. it is a 30 minute talk. i would like to thank the southern book festival and t
like to offer my help in any way should the opportunity present itself. rural america is near and dear to my heart and i would love to contribute to this field of research. these are some of the responses that we received about this book. it is clear that it touched a nerve and it should. because if we are ever going to have a conversation and get serious about small-town america it has to start somewhere. let me lay out some of the background to what we see as the issue. why it matters, what in many ways is a typical small town. and what we can sort of do going forward into the future. from 1980 to 2,000, over 809 metropolitan counties like the one we are in lost 10% or more of their population to migration. this is not natural decrease. this is people actually leaving. between 2000, and 2,005, over 800 rural counties lost 10% or more of their population again and in those same counties there were more deaths than births. the median age in these places had also risen pretty dramatically. that would lead us to conclude that the people who are leaving our young. in most cases although w
their religious part of their message but early on they were one of the strongest anti-catholic voices in america and they went all in in in the end they worked with the nixon campaign against him so i will cover the two basic things i learned as we go through that campaign. i'm going to read a couple of passages some point you to three scenes and we will see how far we get that one has to do with billy graham's work on behalf of nixon and kennedy. the second one is a vignette from kennedy's used in speech where there was this crisis in the campaign greifeld lucky heads is the confronted a group of protestant ministers and went to houston and the last one is set in nashville, tennessee where one of the most prominent clergymen, baxter was an icon in the church of christ preached an anti-catholic sermon and hattie congressman rebutter this armand immediately after was delivered which you can imagine both had front-page stories on monday, just the average is violation of all kinds of southern taboos and rebutting an iconic on his own pulpit was quite extraordinarily so i will probably do that one.
across central america, and the planting of the sea that was to become the panama canal. the crushing of the notorious american filibuster, william walker. the destruction of the confederate ironclad merrimack and the safeguarding of the union's gold shipments both of which played a seminal role in winning the civil war and the birth of the modern corporation. the consolidation of the great new york rail lines, the growth of new york city into the first city of america and the major world hub of finance and trade complete with its first grand central station. vendor build played a major part jor part in all of these events and more his life left its mark. he started in business at the very epitome of a jacksonian ideal. the working man does wearing only a level playing field. he ended it as a symbol of inequality of monopoly in the gilded age, when he made americans question the dangers of gigantism in business. he was instrumental in acquainting americans with the very idea of the modern corporation. when the cornelius vanderbilt was a young man americans worked almost exclusively as
of the country, particularly rural america, where if you want to sign up for broadband, there are literally no options at all. we see that at about 10% of the country, and that is a gap, an issue that we'll be trying to address as part of this plan. second, there is an adoption challenge. so in the bulk of the country that does have access to broadband, the percentage of americans that, that don't use it is too high. generally, across the country it's about 40% of americans who don't use broadband, who don't sign up for broadband, and even more troublingly, in certain communities that percentage is much higher, closer to 60 or even 65%. among low-income americans, among the elderly, in rural america, among our seniors. and that's the reasonable challenge. we can come back and talk about why, if you'd like, but the costs of not being on our broadband infrastructure are growing in our digital economy. the third thing that congress and the president asked us to look at is what the statute calls national purposes. making sure that we have a strategy so that broadband helps us succeed on a whole
that we are prepared and america can continue to be competitive. so i think your question says, how do we do that? and it's got to be a three-pronged answer. i think we need to find new spectrum, i think we need to leverage the spectrum that exists currently more efficiently, and i think we need to encourage new technologies and innovation in that area. >> host: and you've also talked about be more flexible with spectrum policy. what do you mean by that? >> guest: that really goes to my rev languaging the current -- leveraging the current spectrum management. what i'm talking about there is a more vibrant secondary market, i'm talking about sharing spectrum both commercial and federal, and i think that there's a lot that can be done in those areas. they almost all depend on a better database than currently exists, so i think one of the recommendations you're going to see is that we have a more user-friendly, more thorough database that can be used up to, on a, you know, hour to hour, minute to minute basis. >> host: commissioner baker, you talked about finding new spectrum. a couple of we
a much higher failure rate and other loans. bank of america for example in 2008 said it loans were 7 percent of their loan foreclosures but 29 percent of the losses. >> host: was that the key to beating factor to washington mutual going down and bank of america, countrywide in now citibank palin bankruptcy? >> guest: it wasn't a lot of those cases because the commitments from some of the banks are literally hundreds of billions of dollars. >> host: we are wayne ad of kansas aren't we? we have gone to holdren level. so the big garamendi is forcing the banks to make loans to people who've accounting things like food stamps and welfare as income, it is off the charts trouble. so from there the bank of dallas. pretty in fannie. it except these because of a go south on will sam will take care and then the banks sell those to wall street, wall street picks up the commercial paper, they are treating the commercial paper but in order to ensure against a risk the mark and stanley and goldman, the investment house is out there that are taking risks, usually his there is insurance that, for the
in addressing the needs of mainstream america. just yesterday the ffib release add statement opposing the bill, the national federation of independent businesses saying that enactment of it would make health care for small businesses more expensive than what they can afford today. a disaster for small business is how nfib describes it. now, that's coming from a group that supported the senate finance legislation and has been a constructive voice throughout the debate, so that ought to grab our attention. furthermore, in the finance committee, i insisted that c.b.o. provide an affordability analysis of what a silver plan would like like, for example. and i used that analysis to do my own modeling on all of the plans. it helped me to assess premium affordability and render an informed evaluation about the approach overall. for the measurable force now, the c.b.o. has yet to address the question of a affordability. so how do we go inured this legislation considering when we don't even understand some of the most fundamental aspects of this legislation? none of us can tell with adequate specificit
and bank of america were in danger of collapse. has the obama administration done a better job based on what you've observed? how would you rate the secretary of the treasury geithner's handling of the program so far? >> i think our criticism of the prior administration, in particular then-secretary paulson was being less than transparent. in saying that the banks were healthy when he had his own private concerns about individual banks -- in coming out and saying that they were healthy was a lack of transparency. it also created unrealistic expectations. it created the expectation that the financial institutions would return to lending. which we see is not happened. and that was our criticism there. and i think in many ways our criticisms about transparency continue. secretary geithner have done some good things and they adopted our recommendations of posting all the contracts and agreements involving the t.a.r.p. up on the web with the stress tests and releasing information was positive. but in other areas they've been deficient and i think in particular in requiring t.a.r.p. recipi
, and that is enough to scare them. and, in fact, all of america is concerned about this. a recent gla "usa today gallup"l shows that 61% of seniors disagree with cutting medicare reform. despite that they have moved ahead to pay for the new health insurance programs. they're suchly not listening to what americans have to say about -- simply not listening to what americans have to say about this. if democratic leaders have their way, hundreds of billions of dollars will be slashed from hospitals that treat seniors, from the medicare advantage program, from the nursing home care, home health care, hospice care. medicare faces a severe challenge, including a whopping $38 trillion in unfunded liabilities and insolvency by the year 2017. that's almost incomprehensible. in just a few short years years, $38 trillion in unfunded liabilities and insolvency. obviously seniors want us to fix that problem rather than raiding medicare to pay for a new health care program. and they want to preserve medicare advantage. i receive letters from worried seniors every day about the plan to cut medicare advantage, w
openness the blame will fall squarely where it belongs, on the shoulders of the cuban government. america should never again allow the cuban government to use american policy as a scapegoat for that regime's failures. so, i finished by pleading with the members of this distinguished committee and house of representatives to pass the freedom to travel to cuba act. i also asked senator kerry as the chairman of the foreign affairs to co-sponsor and mark up the senate version of the freedom to travel to cuba act. thank you, and may god bless america. [applause] >> thank you. again, please. ms. antunez is next. she will speak in spanish and then her comments will be translated so this will take a little longer than the normal presentation. knees antunez. >> [speaking in spanish] [speaking in spanish] >> translator: good morning. my name is antunez. i come as the sister and niece of political prisoners. i left cuba a short time ago as an activist in my country and worked as best i could to organize the family members of political prisoners to advocate for their release. my uncle who has serious
represents most of the things the left in this country want to change about america. they don't like her forthright christianity. they don't like the fact that she is not a member of the feminist establishment in fact she disagrees with a lot of the shibboleths of mainstream feminism. they don't like that she is representing the people who are kind of left out of the obama revolution. joe plummer of the world, tito the builders. these are people that do not have graduate degrees in semiotics from elite western, eastern universities. >> host: we will but the phone numbers on the bottom of the screen for our guest, matthew continetti, who has written his book on sarah palin, "the persecution of sarah palin." we are talking more specifically that the media, the subtitle is how the elite media tried to bring down a rising star. so you talk about these rumors and lies and gave examples. who were the biggest offenders in your view? >> guest: there were quite a few. i think in the case of "the new york times" actually ran the alaskan independence party and if on the front pages. all of the main
're not telling me who guided to back ? everybody in america gets 0 interest loans. >> we would have a very different america. i tell you, the new york fed actually is extending more money and had more open plans to the banking system. we are talking about the 2 trillion. altman the there was about 6 trillion worth of facilities created, much of went to the new york fed. they don't necessarily aggregate. their is a lot of other stuff that isn't even your being looked at. >> to knows about this? >> it is causing a public. not what collateral has been posted and what banks have received blood money. you are trying to get to the bottom of that information. but when those facilities were open, when they were created. it wasn't a big media press release. there is information you can see from digging through the web sites. >> you can do it. >> no. you can't do it. there is no way you can go on a fed website or treasury web site. what did you spend? when did disbanded? there is no report that exists like that. >> all right. i'm going to put you on the spot. based on his record as head of the new y
bankruptcy at 1:45 a.m. in the morning. merrill lynch and then sold to banc of america, and aig, i had just finished writing the front page story, was now teetering. it was the new domino list was actually had not been focused on on that time. and i got home and it was about 2:30 in the morning, and i was excited is the wrong word, freaked out is probably closer to the word, and wanted to talk to somebody, anybody about what had just happened. i couldn't even believe what had happened and i sort of had a front-row seat for most of the weekend, because i had been working the phones trying to figure out the story. and so of course the only person i could talk to was someone sleeping which was my wife whom i woke up and was none too happy to hear about any of this. i'm not sure she thought was the interesting or that she cared. and of course to me this was all so dramatic and i told her the whole story and i said you know, it's like a movie, and she is a literary agent and she sort of looked at me for half a second before rolling over and she looked and said no, it is like a book, andrew, and
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